Maui Blog - Georgie Hunter R(S): That bar sink has to go! New rules in Maui County.

That bar sink has to go! New rules in Maui County.

That bar sink has to go!  New rules in Maui County. 

Since the beginning of this year, 2017, the planning department will no longer permit a bar sink in a residence on Maui.  Previously permitted bar sinks will be allowed, but you may have to prove that it was permitted a long time ago, since old records are destroyed.

The problem with bar sinks is they might be located in a part of the house which will eventually become a non-permitted dwelling.  Many homes have a bar sink in the family room, which often has it's own entrance, and pretty soon there's a fridge and stove and... you guessed it, a whole new unit that can be rented out.  So the County is trying to nip this behavior in the bud.

Bar sinks will no longer be permitted on Maui

While Maui is sorely in need of affordable housing, and many homeowners could surely use the extra income to help pay their mortgage, the County frowns on adding living units where it's not zoned for such activity. 

So keep it in mind when you're building that new home on Maui... no more bar sinks!

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Comment balloon 10 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • July 29 2017 12:51AM

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Oh wow, that has to go in new places.  I am not sure about that but the rules are the rules.  I do not have one now so I am ok.

 

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 3 months ago

Georgie

This is certainly good information for homeowners to know, many of whom no doubt are not aware. Interesting turn of events for Maui in 2017! 

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) 3 months ago

I'm totally baffled Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 by this. Just so I have this straight, if I put a little sink in my house all of a sudden I'll have renters???

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm Owner/Broker National Marketing Realtors (National Marketing Realtors) 3 months ago

Bob "RealMan" Timm That's what they think, and they're not far off the mark really.  I see it a lot of these rentals when touring homes for sale, or at listing appointments.  There's a serious housing shortage here, and many homeowners will convert a family room or garage into housing. It would seem like a practical solution, but you know how that goes.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) 3 months ago

Jeff Dowler If it was once permitted then it will be OK.  BUT... the record keeping is patchy and antiquated so sometimes proving it was permitted can be challenging if you're not the original owner.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) 3 months ago

Georgie

Wow micro manging sinks . . . .  Someone has to much time on their hands.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) 3 months ago

To me sounds like some power hungry people at the top.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 3 months ago

Wow: Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 this is an interesting twist in forward thinking by the government.  I am sure it will play out in the Court.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty One Group) 3 months ago

Your comments are interesting, and I like that some of you also think it's a bit extreme to not allow bar sinks anymore.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) 3 months ago

Sounds like too much overreach on their power.

Posted by Robert Sole (REM Inspections LLC) 3 months ago

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